Timeless beauty

Aug 16, 2012


Seductive, provocative, commonplace, eccentric and above all powerful – for some time now fashion photography has no longer merely been contract work or aestheticising documentation. It has become a unique opportunity for experimentation, between commerce and creativity, mainstream and subculture, industry and art.

The publishing house Condé Nast opened its archives in New York, Paris, London and Milan for the first time, providing an insight into a photographic collection of paramount quality. Timeless beauty – 100 years of fashion photography from Man Ray to Mario Testino provides a representative overview of this genre and traces the development of fashion photography – from the classic compositions of the founding fathers such as Edward Steichen and George Hoyningen-Huene to the experimental photography of Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn, from the sexualisation and voyeurism of Helmut Newton and the cool elegance of Peter Lindbergh through to the most recent works by Mario Testino and Tim Walker. It not only presents fashion photographs but also the history of the publishing houses and the establishment of a medium and its transformation. The exhibition also includes works by Cecil Beaton, Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Horst P. Horst, William Klein, Sarah Moon, Albert Watson, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Corinne Day, and Nick Knight among others.

C/O Berlin

August 18th – October 28th, 2012
Oranienburger Straße 35/36
10117 Berlin